For 917 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Noel Murray's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 A Christmas Story
Lowest review score: 10 P.S. Your Cat Is Dead!
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 917
917 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    For the most part, it's too dry and quirky to connect. Still, those gags are something.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The movie goes out on a high, but until then, it plays almost like the pilot for a TV series. But it would be a GOOD TV series.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The relentless negativity in Must Read After My Death can become overwhelming at times, but it's undeniably mesmerizing.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    von Donnersmarck gives his debut feature, The Lives Of Others, no particular style, and the absence of visual risk-taking renders an exciting premise ponderous and stolid.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    A Film Unfinished is affecting as a rare document of a terrible place and time, and those who lived there.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    It’s refreshing not to be led along or handled by a filmmaker, but given the almost-novelistic structure of The Father Of My Children--which juggles half a dozen or so major characters and follows their reaction to a crisis in obsessive detail--the movie could stand to be a little more dynamic.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Nearly a quarter of the way through Earth Days, the movie seems on-track to being just another tongue-clucking “Isn’t it a pity” doc, painted in broad strokes.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Iron Island is at its most compelling early, as Rasoulof explores his human-scaled ant farm, detailing how people make lives for themselves in cramped quarters, using cardboard partitions and jerry-rigged appliances.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    If nothing else, Terror's Advocate offers a useful summary of the last half-century of global politics, and how changing public perceptions can make goats out of heroes.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The problem with Exterminating Angels is that its explanatory side overwhelms its playfully perverse side.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    For all the hubbub, the film succeeds in relating Shakespeare to modern times, thanks mainly to the use of energetic pop music and the gameness of the performers.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Doesn't rise to the level of Bujalski's breakthrough feature "Mutual Appreciation," mainly because Swanberg doesn't have Bujalski's eye.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Spellbinding.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    As a place to enter and meditate, Into Great Silence is imminently worthy, but as a documentary, it doesn't do enough to probe the meaning of the quotation Gröning returns to repeatedly: "Oh Lord, you have seduced me, and I was seduced."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    When Down Terrace gets in a good groove, Wheatley and Hill's dialogue is both funny and pointed.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Even at its most upbeat, The Maid is something of a tragedy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Builds slowly--maybe too slowly--to a mano-a-mano standoff, just like "The Twilight Samurai," and just like the earlier film, the new one presents its climactic swordfight matter-of-factly, with no superheroics and a lot of hesitation.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    There isn’t much to The Exploding Girl, but it’s blessedly compact, and owns its no-big-deal-ness.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Some of Knuckleball!'s best scenes show Dickey and Wakefield hanging out with Hough and Phil Niekro (the latter the rare knuckleballer who threw the pitch his whole career rather than turning to it out of desperation), talking about the mechanics and the mojo of the knuckler.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Medicine For Melancholy offers a personal spin on the "walking around a city" genre.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Not even Douglas Sirk or Lars von Trier would heap so much abuse on a heroine. And yet, on its own melodramatic, tear-jerking terms, Precious works.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Almost as fascinating as the depiction of modern Cameroon law is the snapshot of how the 21st century has found its way into rural Africa. Cameroon has always been one of the more developed African nations, but the place where Sisters In Law takes place still consists mainly of tumbledown shacks strung together chaotically.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Slight but fun.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    There isn't much to Alamar--and González-Rubio sometimes seems to go out of his way to keep the film uncluttered by incident-but it's short and agreeable, and touching.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The Conquest offers that familiar thrill of being allowed to peek behind the curtain and see what our leaders are really like, and while it's more rote than revelatory, that may be because the American way of wielding power - and telling stories about it - has gone global.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The film is clumsily unfunny at times--particularly when Smith makes tone-deaf efforts at gay-and black-themed comedy--and it's occasionally gross just for the sake of being gross.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Cumming and Dillahunt are so terrific - as is Isaac Leyva as their ward - that they pull Any Day Now up from its more maudlin and melodramatic elements.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Felon's dialogue is overheated and some of its plot twists are preposterous, yet it's still white-knuckle tense, and held together by dozens of small, well-observed moments.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    What makes the movie fascinating is the particulars of the campaigns.

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